A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. The motion was seconded by Trustee Kane and approved unanimously.
Mayor Schmidt read a proclamation honoring Ed Rondthaler on his 100th birthday and declared that June 9, 2005 will be Ed Rondthaler Day in the Village. Resolution 6b on the agenda was moved and passed unanimously to name the tunnel leading to the Village’s waterfront in honor of Ed Rondthaler.
Mr. Rondthaler requested that the Board reconsider allowing one way auto traffic through the tunnel and he will allow his name to be connected to the tunnel if this is reopened. Mayor Schmidt replied that he will get a report from the Village Engineer about the option of reopening the tunnel and this line of discussion will be kept open.
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-AGENDA ITEMS
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
A request from Ellen Brecher, 94 Hastings Ave. for permission to hold a block party on July 4, 2005. Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the request, subject to the usual caveats; Trustee Kane seconded the motion; approved unanimously.
A letter from Ann Gallelli on behalf of Comprehensive Plan Committee submitting the completed Croton-Harmon Station Area Study. Village Manager Herbek will schedule this on the agenda of a summer work session.
A letter from Walter S. Gillis, Director, The Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger, requesting permission to hold this event on Sunday, October 16, 2005. Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the request with the usual caveats, seconded by Trustee Kane, approved unanimously.
A submission from David S. Kvinge, Westchester County, Director of Environmental Planning, notifying the Village that the Westchester County Board of Legislators, as lead agency, adopted a Negative Declaration on April 25, 2005 for Easement to Metro-North for Harmon Rail Yard improvements. Village Manager Herbek stated that this does not require any actions or approval on Croton’s part as the Village is an interested agency; he will refer this to the Waterfront Advisory Committee and Water Control Commission for comments. Trustee Kane added that this 100 acre shop site has no storm water treatment facilities and this document outlines the treatment facilities that will be installed; this is a very important step.
A memo from Westchester County Executive, Andrew Spano, requesting a resolution urging Congress to reform the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Mayor Schmidt stated that this can be brought up at a future work session if anyone is interested.
A letter from Ron Aja, Director, Clearwater Festival, requesting permission to use the Village parking lot at Croton Harmon Station the weekend of June 18th and 19th. Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the request with the usual caveats; seconded by Trustee Steinberg; approved unanimously.
A letter from Janice Peppers, Director, Music Festival, requesting permission to use the Croton Harmon station parking lot for overflow cars on July 9th & 10th, 2005. Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the request with the usual caveats; seconded by Trustee Steinberg; approved unanimously. Mayor Schmidt added that the Board will discuss at a work session what the Village’s policy is going to be regarding these requests for use of the parking lot in the future; the Village needs a clear policy especially for profit or not-for-profit requests.
A memo from Dan O’Connor, Village Engineer, asking the Village Board to approve a one year extension of a building permit for the Weale Property, 103 Hastings Ave. Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the request, seconded by Trustee Kane, approved unanimously.
Mayor Schmidt announced the following appointments: Joe Biber, Chair of CAC; John Giglio, Chair of the Recreation Advisory Board, Robert Soucy, reappointed to the Recreation Advisory Board and Jan Wines, Chair of the Trails Committee.
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-Non-Agenda Items
Ann Gallelli-stated that later tonight there will be a reception for Seymour Waldman and she wanted to take this opportunity to complement and commend him for his many years of public service to the Village; since 1989 she has relied on him for advice regarding many matters, especially general municipal law matters. She thanked him for being patient with her and all members of the committees and boards; his good advice has helped all of them do a good job for the Village.
John Harbeson, 5 Valley Trail thanked Seymour Waldman for his many years of service to the Village; he has been kind, generous, available and informative; particularly he was an invaluable help and wise counsel in steering many in the right direction.
Roger Solymosy, Old Post Rd. North, stated that Seymour Waldman has served with dignity, grace, humility and exquisite skills; no community could have had a finer attorney representing them; Croton has been blessed having had a unique relationship with a fine attorney.
Ms. Stevens stated that Seymour Waldman has been invaluable over the years and his advice has always been right on the mark.
Georgiana Grant stated that Seymour Waldman has been an extraordinary benefit to the Village over the years; his strongest suit has been his ability to keep things under control; he has spent 40 years keeping the Village out of law suits and offering advice; he has worked with many diverse boards; the new attorneys will have very big shoes to fill.
Sam Watkins, Lounsbury Rd., stated that the longevity of Seymour’s tenure of 34 years indicates a fabulous dedication to Croton; an enormous debt is owed to this man; he is focused, has a strong sense of humor and offers practical solutions to complex problems. He thanked Mr. Waldman for all that he did, adding that he is someone special.
a) On motion of Trustee Steinberg, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village Police Department would like to continue its agreement with Westchester County providing for round trip prisoner transportation between Croton-on-Hudson and the Westchester County Jail; and
WHEREAS, under this agreement the County will reimburse the Village for the actual number of round trips at a flat rate of $139.05 per trip in 2005 and $144.61 per trip in 2006,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is authorized to sign the intermunicipal agreement with the Westchester County Department of Corrections for the period between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006.
b) On motion of Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees would like to honor Ed Rondthaler for his many years of service to the Village and to commemorate his 100th birthday; and
WHEREAS, among his many accomplishments during his 64-year tenure as a Village resident Mr. Rondthaler chaired the Recreation Commission and worked with the Village Board to purchase and name Senasqua Park; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Rondthaler has long been a proponent for the preservation of the Senasqua Tunnel and has fondly referred to the tunnel as the “Picture Tunnel”; and
WHEREAS, renaming of the Senasqua/Picture tunnel in honor of Ed Rondthaler is a fitting and appropriate way to commemorate Mr. Rondthaler for his many years of service to the Village and also to recognize his efforts to preserve the tunnel,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the tunnel leading to the Village’s waterfront will hereby be named in honor of Ed Rondthaler.
c) On motion of Trustee Brennan, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village has been in negotiations with the Teamsters Union Local No. 456 for a new contract to be effective as of June 1, 2003; and
WHEREAS, the Village and the Teamsters Union Local No. 456 agreed upon the terms of a new contract for a three year period on May 13, 2005 and representatives for both the Village and the Teamsters Union Local No. 456 signed a Stipulation of Agreement dated May 13, 2005 ; and
WHEREAS, this Stipulation of Agreement provides for annual salary percentage increases of 3.75% for the first year, 3.65% for the second year, and 3.60% for the third year; and
WHEREAS, the Stipulation of Agreement was ratified by the membership of the Teamsters Union Local No. 456 on May 25, 2005;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby ratifies the Stipulation of Agreement dated May 13, 2005 and authorizes the Village Manager to sign a new contract with the Teamsters Union Local No. 456 for the period June 1, 2003 through May 31, 2006.
d) On motion of Trustee Steinberg, seconded by Trustee Brennan, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees has undertaken a search for a new Village Attorney; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor appointed a committee to undertake the search consisting of Trustee Steinberg, Trustee Kane, Village Manager Herbek, Village Engineer O’Connor, and Planning Board Chair Gallelli; and
WHEREAS, after considerable discussion the committee narrowed its search to four firms and had extensive interviews with each of these four firms; and
WHEREAS, the committee recommended two firms for final consideration by the Mayor; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor met with these two firms and is recommending to the Board the firm of Murphy Stecich & Powell as its new counsel,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized sign the retainer agreement with Murphy Stecich & Powell for its services as Village Attorney.
e) On motion of Trustee Wiegman, seconded by Trustee Kane, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has requested a change in their site plan consisting of an additional outdoor terrace and the relocation of a smoking room; and
WHEREAS, a change in the site plan requires an amended special permit; and
WHEREAS, this issue was referred to the Planning Board at the May 16, 2005 Village Board Meeting; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Board has recommended the issuance of an amended special permit,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a public hearing on June 20, 2005 at 8 pm in the meeting room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider whether to issue an amended special permit to Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Steinberg made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on May 16, 2005 as corrected. Trustee Brennan seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on May 31, 2005. Mayor Schmidt seconded the motion; approved unanimously. Their were three abstentions.
Village Attorney Seymour Waldman thanked everyone who came out tonight and spoke the kind and generous words; he loves you all.
Mayor Schmidt stated that Seymour Waldman has done a marvelous job for this community for all these years; he has served under several mayors; Seymour Waldman has graciously agreed to work with the new counsel to make a smooth transition; he also will continue to work on several projects to see them through fruition. Mayor Schmidt read a letter from Croton Free Library stating that a gift of $1,000 has been made from the Board of Trustees and staff on behalf of the Village community in honor of Mr. Waldman’s 34 years of dedicated service to Croton-on-Hudson; this gift will be used to purchase books of his choice which will have a bookplate inserted acknowledging they were given in his honor.
Village Manager Herbek reported that he attended the Westchester County Municipal Planning awards dinner; the Village received the top award for the new road from Half Moon Bay Bridge to Senasqua Park for increasing public access to the waterfront; Fran Allen received an award also that same night. He also attended an awards luncheon given by Westchester Co. Recreation and Parks Society where Tom Habib was honored for his contributions toward the Village Recreation Department over the years. Mr. Herbek read a letter from Linda Puglisi thanking Seymour Waldman for his years of service to the Croton community; the Town of Cortlandt government has also benefited from his cooperation and opinions throughout the years. Mr. Herbek, on behalf of the staff, took this opportunity to thank Mr. Waldman for his service to the boards and staff as well; he added that he was always able to track Mr. Waldman down throughout the years, even when out of the county, he always got back to the Village very quickly and has helped him tremendously.
Treasurer Zambrano also thanked Mr. Waldman for his assistance. Mr. Zambrano announced that the tax bills went out last week and are due June 30th.
Trustee Wiegman reported that the Under the Stars Event on Saturday was a lot of fun. He stated that the Recreation Dept. is open during particular hours for ID permits and asked to please send out to the email list subscribers a reminder of the times to come in.
Trustee Kane reported that Ed Rondthaler’s photolithography machine now resides in the Smithsonian.
Trustee Steinberg reported that on June 18th there will be a skate board contest & demonstration at the Skate Board Park. He added that on May 9th the County Board of Legislators passed an amendment to the Carting Law requiring labeling of trucks which was supported by this Board.
Trustee Brennan congratulated the Croton-Harmon HS varsity boys’ baseball squad who went to the finals this year.
Mayor Schmidt reported that the oral arguments on Metro Enviro will be held in Albany on Wednesday at 2 pm; interested parties are welcome to attend. He added that Summerfest was quite a success; he thanked the entire Village and their staff, the community and all groups that come out. Mayor Schmidt invited everyone present to attend a small thank-you function in honor of Village Attorney Waldman immediately after tonight’s meeting.
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn. Trustee Kane seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Phyllis A. Bradbury
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary